Tieflings are weird. Seriously, just look at all the different flavors they can come in. I don’t know where exactly Thief gets her Abyssal heritage, but I’m guessing it’s from the neighborhood of the Demonweb Pits.

Any dang way, this is one of those comics that’s been sitting in the back of my head for a while. I knew that there was something creepy behind our girl’s bangs, but I just couldn’t decide how to make the big reveal. In the same way I had a tough time figuring out what would make Barbarian angry, I couldn’t come up with a reason for Thief to reveal her eye weirdness. For a long time I toyed with “Thief gets so angry that her demon-eyes begin glowing,”  but she’s such a composed character that nothing seemed to fit. It was only this week, talking over an upcoming game with a buddy, when I realized I was taking the wrong angle.

“I want my guy to have this hidden agenda,” he said. “His motivations are in conflict with the rest of the party’s, but I’m worried it’s going to turn into this big obnoxious secret.”

You guys have already heard my spiel on Cloak & Dagger PVP vs. Metagame PVP, so I won’t bore you with it here. In making the point, however, I related the story of my youthful indiscretions as a goblin cabin boy. One of the players in that campaign was a werewolf, and she told us ahead of time how it was this big secret for the character. Being an obnoxious goblin rogue, I took this as a challenge. First scene of the first session, when we “hear some weird howling coming from below decks,” my immediate response is to investigate. My character had an absurdly high Move Silently skill for 1st level, so of course I figured out what was going on. The goblin blabbed, the fur flew, and so the “secret werewolf” storyline was quashed before we broke for lunch. Needless to say, my lycanthropic pal was not happy.

I’ve since learned my lesson. If your party has a PC with a big-deal secret, maybe let them sit on it for a few levels. Enjoy some dramatic irony. Don’t unmask the werewolf. 

What about the rest of you guys? Have you seen a big secret spoiled in a game? What was the fallout like?


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